National Geographic : 1961 Dec
Savoring lunch and leisure, a steel worker relaxes between labors on Montreal's Place Ville Marie, largest office building in the nation. Magic of mink in a model's jack et stirs interest at a Montreal fur fashion show. Furriers prize Ca nadian pelts for luster and thick ness, the gift of cold winters. Casual couple laze in sun and solitude atop Mount Royal Park, a wooded knob in the heart of Montreal. Their view sweeps 60 miles to New York's Adirondacks. Next day I drove along the north-shore highway. White beaches and dunes stretched for 25 miles. I stopped to query a motel op erator out mowing his lawn. "There were 2,500 bathers and campers parked under those trees last summer," he said. "Along the south shore there are miles of beaches, still unused. I know half a dozen Americans who've come here these past three years. They've bought 50- to 100-acre farms with big old farmhouses for anywhere from two to six thousand dollars. They put in a picture window, and they've got themselves a 50-acre estate with private beach." At Covehead I stopped to talk to four lob stermen sitting listlessly by a stack of traps. "I've been fishing since I was 13 years old," a thick-bodied, lobster-red man told me, "and this is the poorest May I've ever seen. 800 I had 300 traps out and got only 110 back." Ice had carried away the rest. "I just lost 380," said a younger man in a black shirt. "What will you do?" I asked. "Starve to death, I guess." "You're cheerful about it," I commented. "Might as well laugh as cry," he said. Winter Lingers Into May Later I found that only a few lobstermen had suffered badly. But ice in May is a fact about Canada that the map does not explain. Canada's cities are on about the same lati tude as Paris. The map does not show the chill from icebound Hudson Bay that in spring lingers over parts of Ontario and Quebec, delaying the start of the growing season as much as three weeks.